Secret Service Agent Mike Banning’s (Gerard Butler) entire world is turned upside down when what was supposed to be a routine protection mission ends with his entire team dead and the VIP, President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), in a coma. As the only survivor and a mountain of evidence pointing at him, Banning is blamed for the attack. Having been declared public enemy number one, and the FBI hunting him down, Banning will have to use all his skills to prove his innocence and stop the true culprits before they make a second attempt on the President’s life. The film also features Danny Huston and Nick Nolte.
“Angel Has Fallen” is the third installment in the Fallen series. We’ve all heard this plot before—an agent of a particular group or organization is framed and has to clear his or her name and expose the one(s) who framed them. If I could best describe the recent film, it’s a movie that borrows elements from “The Fugitive” and “Jack Reacher,” but gives its own spin as the stakes in “Angel Has Fallen” are much higher.
Usually, in this type of story, the hero’s main reason to clear their name is so they can save their family and reunite with them. There’s nothing wrong with this type of plot, if it’s executed well, and while Gerard Butler’s character does have a family whom he wants to get back to, he also has bigger things to worry about; like trying to save the very country that considers him the bad guy. Even importantly, however, saving the most significant figure in the United States before it’s too late. And with the bad guys and good guys trying to nab him, it leaves Gerard Butler’s character in a difficult position as he fights to survive.
For some critics, this whole plot is a tad out there and ludicrous. While I understand their reasons, I on the other hand say it’s a nice change of pace to get a story where there’s more going on than just a hero trying to clear his or her name. The overall action is fun and has plenty of shootouts, explosions, and even a few chase scenes. If you’re a fan of Gerard Butler action films, or the other Fallen films, then you should get plenty of entertainment from this.
“Angel Has Fallen” is rated R for violence and language throughout. This movie is just a fun time-waster. You’re not going to learn the meaning of life or the secrets of nirvana at the end. It does what it promises from the beginning—action, conspiracy, and Gerard Butler mugging the camera—nothing more, nothing less. Which is why the final score for “Angel Has Fallen” is a 7 out of 10.
Marco Island resident and avid moviegoer, Matthew Mendisana is a Lynn University alumnus. While he possesses a bachelor’s degree in science, it’s the arts that attracted his attention. In his four years at Lynn, Matthew managed to achieve Magna Cum Laude status, earn three publications in the Lynn University magazine, make a short documentary featured in the university’s Film Festival, and created a radio PSA that was later broadcasted overseas.